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Quinntessential: Procrastination is a necessity in college

God, I love procrastination; it is a guilty pleasure I abuse. Once I start it, I can't stop it. There’s just something that gets the blood pumping knowing you’re committing such a devious act, and it feels exhilarating at times. Reading this means there is at least someone committing some form of procrastination and I absolutely adore that. It makes me so giddy knowing someone is putting off some important part of school to read this silly little article putting into full detail the act of putting a necessity off for something that isn’t the slightest bit important.

Procrastination has sung its siren song to every scholar, and like sailors to mermaids, they jump in with no hesitation, drowning in their misfortune. Starting as early as elementary school, procrastination is hardwired into the brains of many and only gets worse with time. I can't get enough of it and something about that makes me feel more connected to my peers at OU.

Everyone in college tries to put up a perfect persona for their peers and the entire world to see, and it brings me solace knowing everyone has at least one major flaw. Procrastination plagues all of us and in a way, it connects all of us. Through our lack of motivation, we are truly a big ol’ family, which is what college is truly all about.

Honesty is always the best policy, at least according to my mom and dad, and being open about our procrastination will help college feel less like a monstrous and intimidating place where failure and imperfections are capitally punished and rather like a place where failing, procrastination and getting behind isn’t the exception of college but a rule.

College is big and scary, and being overwhelmed is a part of the process. Being overwhelmed and distressed from “hours” of studying can cause the mind to wander over to time wasters such as TikTok and Netflix. Those apps are practically begging you to drain precious hours of your time. 

Procrastination will never go away, no matter how much one may try to resist the urge to do so. It’s an inevitable part of every college student's journey to success because it makes the challenge of schoolwork even tougher to do. What I love about it is that there’s the feeling of finally getting that weight off of your chest when you submit that project or assignment mere minutes before the final deadline. It feels as if one can do anything in under an hour and those are the moments college students need in life. 

Life is always throwing some sort of blunt, inanimate object our way. Knowing that procrastination gives you more drive to complete a certain task in the final hour of its due date than actually managing your time well is what is so awesome and what bonds us. We need to be more open about our faults and insecurities in college to give everyone around us more hope that they can get through this time in life, and if being open about my love of procrastination starts that movement, then so be it.

It’s not the rule per se, but it’s pretty darn close.

Quinn Elfers is a freshman studying journalism at Ohio University. Please note that the views and opinions of the columnists do not reflect those of The Post. Want to share your thoughts about the column? Let Quinn know by emailing him at

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